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Postosuchus (Walking With Dinosaurs by Toyway)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy

Walking With Dinosaurs introduced the general public to a suite of extinct species that most people would never have heard of otherwise. Along with the dinosaurs themselves, it also covered several other ancient reptiles, including the review subject: Postosuchus, a Triassic relative of crocodilians that has been found in Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Texas. It featured in the first episode, having enough screen time (and causing enough controversy) to merit a figure in the Toyway line.

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The figure itself is 2.3” high and 10.8” long, making it one of the shortest figures, and yet the longest at the same time. Go figure. The colour scheme is very close to the show, albeit with the tan swapped for a grey shade (something of a theme among these figures). As with the rest of the line, it does suffer from a stoic pose, though it does have an open maw, which gives it a slight improvement over some of its fellow figures.

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In recent years, the debate over whether Postosuchus was a biped or quadruped has favoured the former owing to the short nature of the forelimbs and the similarity of its limbs and spine to theropod dinosaurs, which are (mostly) obligate bipeds. This figure is from the late 90s’ however, so it favours the quadruped stance. Thus this is an inaccuracy that can be forgiven (no one has yet bucked this trend in more modern lines either). All the other features are correct here: short forelimbs, correct number of digits, and an accurate skull and tail. I do feel that it is too skinny, and could do with a bit of bulking out, but otherwise it’s pretty accurate.

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Overall, this is a really good figure. It certainly earned its spot at number 5 in the top 10 prehistoric ‘croc’ toys, and is worthwhile despite a few flaws. This is one of the harder figures to track down, and often sell for high prices on eBay, but is certainly worth the money. If you can find one, loose or as a set, for a reasonable price, get it. It won’t disappoint.

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Allosaurus (Walking With Dinosaurs by Toyway)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy

Before Tyrannosaurus was discovered and became a palaeontological superstar, there was another theropod that filled the role of the quintessential prehistoric predator: Allosaurus. Featured in early dinosaur media (such as being the main predator in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel, The Lost World), Allosaurus has still been able to gain some of the limelight, helped by very complete remains with some incredible injuries (Big Al). As a result, the species featured in the second episode of Walking With Dinosaurs and a special, The Ballad of Big Al, where it was the central species. As a result, it had a figure made in the Toyway line.

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The Allosaurus itself is 11” long and 4.4” high, making it a fairly large figure even in comparison with other members of the line. Again, it suffers from a stoic pose, which is a shame, but that is the result of being based on the in-show model. The colour scheme is fairly close to how it appears in show, with predominate grey all over, dark stripes, and red crests, although it does lack the tan featured in the show, and the red is less prominent on the figure. Maybe it’s a youngster. It also has a very clear cloacal opening. That’s all I have to say on that.

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Accuracy is very good on this figure, as should be expected. The proportions of the limbs, tail, and torso are correct, and the hands and feet have the correct number of digits. It does feature an overbite, which some may dispute over whether or not it is correct. The crests are featured, but seem a little small (on a slightly small head overall). Maybe this really is a juvenile after all.

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This is a great figure all around. Accurate and well detailed, it is well worth buying. As the line is retired and highly collectable, it is hard to find and expensive when you do. This is one of the harder figures of the line to find, much like the other predators in this line (only beaten in rarity and expense by the marine reptiles), so best of luck if you do wish to add this to your collection.

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Stegosaurus (Walking With Dinosaurs by Toyway)

Review and photographs by Indohyus, edited by Suspsy

There comes a time in almost all dinosaur toy lines when three species must be immortalized in plastic: Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus, them being the most popular and well-known dinosaur species. With the exception of Triceratops, the Walking With Dinosaurs line is much the same, and I will be talking about one of these in this review: the Jurassic giant, Stegosaurus.

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As an introduction to the species is most likely unnecessary due to the enormous fame of this animal, we’ll go straight to details. At 9.5” long and 4.4” at the highest plate, this is a large figure, although it fits well with the other dinosaurs in its line. It does suffer from the stoic pose that is an issue for this line, but that is due to it being based on the animation model used for the series, so you may be able to forgive it. The colour scheme is mainly lime green and beige, with a slightly pink underbelly, pale grey along its back, and red for the plates. While not identical to the colours used in the show (which featured more darker green, more jagged stripes down the back, and more prominent black on the plates), it is close enough to be acceptable.

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Now for accuracy. As you can imagine, it’s pretty good here. The legs are the correct length, as is the tail, it has the correct number and arrangement of plates, and the general proportions of the body are correct, such as the thagomizer and small head. The only real inaccuracy I can see is that it has four toes on its hind legs rather than three, but that is all.

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For Stegosaurus fans, Walking With . . . fans, or just dino lovers in general, this is a great figure and well worth having. It is durable enough for children to play with safely, so it can be enjoyed by them as well (if the collectors allow then anywhere near it!). It is one of the more common of the Walking With Dinosaurs figures, and can be fairly regularly found on eBay for a reasonable price. I highly recommend it, so happy hunting!

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